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The Amber Gods and Other Stories (Paperback) Loot Price: R498
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The Amber Gods and Other Stories (Paperback): Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford
The Amber Gods and Other Stories (Paperback): Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford

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The Amber Gods and Other Stories (Paperback)

Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford; Volume editing by Alfred Bendixen; Alfred Bendixen

Series: American Women Writers S.

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A widely held vision of nineteenth-century American women is of lives lived in naive, domestic peace--the girls of "Little Women" making do until father comes home from the war. Nothing could be less true of Harriet Prescott Spofford's stories. In fact, her editor at the "Atlantic Monthly" at first refused to believe that an unworldly woman from New England had written them. Her style, though ornate by our 20th century standards, adds to its atmosphere, like heavy, Baroque furniture in a large and creepy house.
The title story presents a self-centered and captivating woman who ruthlessly steals her orphan cousin's lover. In "Circumstance," a pioneer woman returning home through the woods at night is caught by a panther; her husband, who has come to save her, can only watch from the ground as she sings for her life, pinned in a tree. A train engineer hallucinates again and again that he is running over his wife. And Mrs. Craven, who's a bit "weak" in the head, mindlessly repeats "Three men went down cellar and only two came up." These stories combine elements of the best ghost stories--timing, detail, and character --with just enough chill to make you think twice about turning out your lights at night.

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Imprint: Rutgers University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: American Women Writers S.
Release date: June 1989
First published: September 1990
Authors: Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford
Volume editors: Alfred Bendixen
Authors: Alfred Bendixen
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 268
ISBN-13: 978-0-8135-1401-7
Barcode: 9780813514017
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
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LSN: 0-8135-1401-0

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